Financial support available to full-time undergraduate students in 2014/15

Updated June 2013

The Government has announced the figures relating to support from Student Finance England for new and continuing students from England for the 2014/15 academic year.

Students can visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance for further updates on the 2014/5 application process.

2012/13 and 2013/14 entrants

Tuition fee loan

If you have not studied a course of higher education before you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees. If you started your course after 1st September 2012 the tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year will be approximately £9,000.

We recommend all new students request the maximum tuition fee loan available. If a student is then discovered to be eligible for a partial fee waiver, we will contact Student Finance England and amend the amount of tuition fee loan needed.

Maintenance loan (Support for living costs)

You can apply for a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Students who started their course after 1st September 2012 and are living away from their parents' home can apply for a maximum of £5,555 for the academic year. Please note that 35% of the maximum maintenance loan of £5,555 is subject to income-assessment.

Maintenance grant (Support for living costs)

Depending on your household income you could qualify for a non-repayable maintenance grant of up to £3,387 for the 2014/15 academic year. You'll get at least a partial grant if your household income is under £42,611. The amount of maintenance grant you receive will affect the amount of maintenance loan you can borrow. Your maintenance loan entitlement will be reduced by £0.50 for every £1 of maintenance grant you receive.
Your household income is the total amount your family earns each year before tax and National Insurance. Household income is usually based on earnings for the previous tax year (2011/12 if you're applying to study in 2013/14), but if your household has experienced a drop in income of 15% or more, you can ask Student Finance England to conduct a current year income assessment. For further details, please see www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Special support grant (Support for living costs)

If you meet certain criteria (e.g. you are a lone parent) you could qualify for a non-repayable special support grant instead of a maintenance grant. This can pay up to £3,354 for the 2014/15 academic year. The amount of special support grant you receive will not affect the amount of maintenance loan you can borrow.

Additional grants (Support for dependants)

Depending on your circumstances you can apply for additional grants (e.g. the Parents' Learning Allowance, the Childcare Grant or the Adult Dependants' Grant) by completing the relevant sections of the online application or 'Application for student finance' (PN1 if a new student, PR1 if a returning student) form. You may also need to complete supplementary application forms such as the 'Childcare Grant Application Form' (CCG1) and supply supporting documentation to apply for this support.

Disabled Student's Allowance (Support towards extra course costs)

If you will incur extra course costs because you have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (like dyslexia) you can apply for help towards these costs from a Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA). You will need to complete a 'Disabled Students' Allowances Application Form' (DSA1) and provide supporting documentation.

Please note that you need to make a separate application to Student Finance England for the support listed above for each academic year of your course.

For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 entrants

Tuition fee loan

If you have not studied a course of higher education before you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees. The tuition fees for the 2014/15 academic year for continuing full-time undergraduates will be £3,465.

Maintenance loan (Support for living costs)

You can apply for a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. In 2013/14, students living away from their parents' home can apply for a maximum of £4,950 for the academic year, if you started your course after 1st September 2009. Please note that 28% of the maximum maintenance loan of £4,950 is subject to income-assessment. Students in their final year will receive a lower maintenance loan so they need to ensure they make sufficient provision for this drop in income (e.g. through work during the vacations, savings etc).

Maintenance grant (Support for living costs)

Depending on your household income you could qualify for a non-repayable maintenance grant of up to £3,080 for the 2013/14 academic year. You'll get at least a partial grant if your household income is under £50,706 and you started your course on or after 1st September 2009. The amount of maintenance grant you receive will affect the amount of maintenance loan you can borrow. Your maintenance loan entitlement will be reduced by £0.50 for every £1 of maintenance grant you receive.

Your household income is the total amount your family earns each year before tax and National Insurance. Household income is usually based on earnings for the previous tax year (2011/12 for the 2013/14 academic year), but if your household has experienced a drop in income of 15% or more, you can ask Student Finance England to conduct a current year income assessment. For further details, please see www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Special support grant (Support for living costs)

If you meet certain criteria (e.g. you are a lone parent) you could qualify for a non-repayable special support grant instead of a maintenance grant. This can pay up to £3,080 for the 2013/14 academic year. The amount of special support grant you receive will not affect the amount of maintenance loan you can borrow.

Additional grants (Support for dependants)

Depending on your circumstances you can apply for additional grants (e.g. the Parents' Learning Allowance, the Childcare Grant or the Adult Dependants' Grant) by completing the relevant sections of the 'Application for student finance' (PR1) form. You may also need to complete supplementary application forms such as the 'Childcare Grant Application Form' (CCG1) and supply supporting documentation to apply for this support.

Disabled Student's Allowance (Support towards extra course costs)

If you will incur extra course costs because you have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (like dyslexia) you can apply for help towards these costs from a Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA). You will need to complete a 'Disabled Students' Allowances Application Form' (DSA1) and provide supporting documentation.

Please note that you need to make a separate application to Student Finance England for the support listed above for each academic year of your course.

For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

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